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BHSU students (left to right) Brett Kavanaugh, Kristal Running Wolf, Kelly Smith, Joshua McDonald, and Brie Covert, joined more than 12,000 college students from across the nation to take part in Power Shift 2009, a national youth summit in Washington, D.C., to show support for sustainability.
BHSU students (left to right) Brett Kavanaugh, Kristal Running Wolf, Kelly Smith, Joshua McDonald, and Brie Covert, joined more than 12,000 college students from across the nation to take part in Power Shift 2009, a national youth summit in Washington, D.C., to show support for sustainability

Black Hills State University students and faculty recently attended Power Shift 2009, a national youth summit to encourage political leaders to consider comprehensive and immediate federal action on climate change issues.
Nearly 12,000 students from across the nation braved the snowy weather to attend the rally against global warming. The students’ intent was to influence the executive and legislative branches to pass a bold climate and energy policy that prioritizes renewable energy, green job creation, and take an aggressive stance on carbon emissions.

Attending from BHSU were Dr. Andy Johnson, associate professor of science education, and students Kelly Smith, freshman Spanish major from Lead; Joshua McDonald, junior sociology major from Sturgis; Kristal Running Wolf, senior environmental physical science major from Spearfish; Brett Kavanaugh, senior biology major from Rapid City; and Brie Covert, junior history major from Pablo, Mont.

"BHSU has made a major commitment to creating a sustainable future by signing the President's Climate Commitment. BHSU students want to show that we too are very concerned about climate, energy, and sustainable living. Power Shift '09 gives young people like us a chance to make a difference nationally," Kelly Smith, student leader of the group, said.